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2015 SIM Paper Competition
Each year, the Society for Information Management recognizes innovative business initiatives that use IT to drive measurable results. If you have researched an important and successful IT-related business initiative, the SIM 2015 Paper Competition Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing this initiative. The work described must be implemented and it must have had a significant impact on the organization involved. Winning papers will be a collaboration between academics and practitioners. Since SIM's focus is toward executive management, the work should describe an initiative of interest to senior IS executives. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 22. Click here for more information.
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Higher education CIOs list their top tech priorities
They may face different dynamics in terms of applications, user base and technology demands, but IT leaders in the education sector share the same technology goals and objectives as their business brethren.
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The CIO's new mindset in the digital age
CIO Insight
Many CIOs are struggling to understand their role in the new digital age. Perhaps this is due to the dramatic shift in mindset that has occurred over the past decade. It used to be that IT dictated what technology was used in an organization. The CIO was more of a controller who set security policy, owned the assets in the data center, had control over the entire technology budget and was able to mandate what desktop or laptop devices clients used. In this old-school model, IT was often viewed as the "land of no and slow" but clients had little recourse but to grudgingly adhere to processes that felt like they evolved at a glacial pace.
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Rethinking the CIO in the new data environment
IT Business Edge
No doubt enterprise IT technology will be vastly different in five years' time. We're not just talking about better, faster, more flexible infrastructure, but a top-to-bottom overhaul of what data infrastructure is all about and how it should be architected for the new digital economy.
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From STEM to STEAM: Why 'art' is the key to recognizing the IT worker of the future
Information Age
Technology is going to be a key differentiator going forwards in any sector, and those winning organizations will be the ones best positioned to exploit technology in most successful way. This means having access to the very best people. As a new report from Deloitte on the IT worker of the future outlines, organizations who want to compete face new challenges when it comes to attracting and attaining the right talent — whether they are permanent employees, or found through other more creative means such as crowdsourcing.
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US government CIO tells cloud buyers to get tough on suppliers
Computer Weekly
The CIO of the U.S. Department of Labor has cautioned would-be cloud adopters not to let suppliers railroad them during their move off-premise by not taking responsibility for service problems. Speaking at CloudExpo Europe, Dawn Leaf talked delegates through the cloud lessons she's learnt through her recent work to reduce the DoL's reliance on on-premise technologies.
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People remain the weakest link in security
A new survey was unveiled recently by the U.K. consumer association, which reported the top five email scams to be aware of for 2015. Anyone who checks their spam folder in their email regularly will not be surprised that bank scams, online payment companies and tax rebates top the list of email phishing in the survey of over two thousand adults. Which suggested that 54 percent of respondents have either personally been scammed or know someone who has been duped by these sorts of cybercrime attacks.
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